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Jennifer Esposito On ‘Blue Bloods’ Drama: ‘What Happened Was Ugliness.’

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Jennifer Esposito recently sat down to discuss what caused her to part ways with CBS and Blue Bloods, according to Deadline.

After the actress’ doctor explained she would have to cut back her on workload due to complications from Celiac disease, CBS TV Studios decided to place Esposito on medical leave. The Blue Bloods star said this effectively prevents her from finding work elsewhere since she’s still under contract with the network.

During an interview with Arthel Neville on the Fox News Channel, Jennifer Esposito explained her growing displeasure with the situation.

“Last week I believe I was told I was on suspension, which meant I am still in contract, not being paid, because that’s suspension and they illegally stopped paying,” the actress explained. “And I am not able to work on any other TV show, on network. I can do a film or a Broadway or something on cable that doesn’t go in the ten o’clock time slot.”

She added, “So they kept me in my contract without pay and yes it’s completely illegal but they also knew that I didn’t have the money or the means to sue them.”

Although the actress said things of this nature can happen in the business from time to time, she feels producers don’t fully understand the seriousness of her illness.

“This, though, is something that is not about me, I feel. This is about a disease that people don’t understand. And what went on after, it makes me sick,” she said.

Cinema Blend reported in October that CBS felt they had no choice but to place the actress on medical leave.

“Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she’s unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence,” CBS explained.

Jennifer Esposito’s last episode of Blue Bloods aired on November 2. Are you sad to see her character leave the show?

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5 Responses to “Jennifer Esposito On ‘Blue Bloods’ Drama: ‘What Happened Was Ugliness.’”

  1. Michele Andrews

    Jennifer made the character of detective Jackie her own. She was perfect opposite actor Walberg. Hoping the network reconsiders. The fill in actress is lukewarm at best. Please reconsider….

  2. Janine Machan Flegert

    Detest the new actress! She's bland and seems like she hasn't been acting for very long. Really? Putting her up against a vet like Donnie Wahlberg? The whole cast are vets. She doesn't fit. Get someone else. Anyone else!

  3. Darlene Van Scoyoc Murray

    I do miss her. Her and Donny were a great team! It has been hit and miss since. Now they are trying out Robt ( can't spell his name offhand) Clo? They do need to figure that out. And I hate the hat , It looks stupid! I

  4. Kezo Nishimoto

    Big Bummer, Jennifer E. is no longer on the Show , '' Blue Blood'',…CBS, sucks!!!!! Know one taking
    her place could hold a candle to Jennifer's…Look's, and Acting,…it's a Crying Shame, finding out this
    late, has put a damper on me watching the Show….since she's still under contract,…Bring Her Back!!!!!!!

  5. Wendy Strand

    When I found out how NASTY CBS was to Jennifer, then they started Replacing here with every ninny they could find… I QUIT WATCHING the show… scru. U CBS/Selieck/Wahlberg… the 'BIG WHIGS of the Show could have STOPPED CBS but they didn't/Haven't!!!

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